A Heavy Heart


Aunt Betty, originally uploaded by kevdonahue.

My mom’s sister Betty Stansfield passed away on Monday, Feb. 21, 2010, after a years-long battle with cancer. She was a lady of great warmth, great faith, and great strength.

Betty’s life included more than her fair share of pain, too—she lost a child 10 years ago, fell into a coma during treatment for a brain tumor 5 years ago, and yet she was not one to complain or make excuses.

The night before she passed away, I was looking for photos to send to my cousin Marybeth, who was beginning preparations for what we all knew was inevitable (Betty went into hospice three days earlier). And I found this photo. It was the last thing I did before going to bed that night, and her smile was in my mind all night—until I heard the next morning that she had passed away. I’ve been trying to keep that smile in mind all week.

One thought on “A Heavy Heart

  1. Nice picture Kevin….I love it!!!! I definitely feel the heavy heart…just doesn’t seem real to me yet…but then again neither does the fact that Dad isn’t here. Guess it’s a long road to feel normal again..


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